Telenor Teams with AWS to Assist in the Expansion of Its 5G Core Transition

“Telenor is pushing the boundaries of innovation by running their Vimla core on AWS. Cloud technology is allowing Telenor to scale their network in a way that was not possible before and is allowing them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained, and online,” said Adam Selipsky, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at AWS.

Telenor Group, a leading telecommunications firm in the Nordics and Asia with 188 million users and yearly revenues of around $14 billion, has inked a strategic partnership agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The cooperation is meant to help grow Telenor’s 5G core transformation and provide innovative 5G and edge services to professional customers globally, increasing data speed and lowering latency.

As part of the signed agreement, Telenor and AWS will engage in combined go-to-market operations in specific industries, including manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and automotive, in order to allow additional 5G and edge services for clients.

Telenor will extend its cloud footprint while innovating to produce new services that employ a mix of AWS’s most sophisticated and secured cloud technologies, working with current clients to illustrate the possibilities of cloud-based resources.

“Working with AWS, we are continuing to advance and modernize the telecommunications industry – digitalizing and expanding our offerings beyond connectivity,” said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO at Telenor Group. “Together, we are building on our individual strengths and scaling secure, robust, and advanced cloud services, alongside the latest networking technology, for our customers much faster than we could ever do before. Our shared ambition is to use scalable and flexible building blocks from AWS to continuously raise the bar for what’s possible.”

5G Edge for MPNs, Edge Computing

Photo Adam Selipsky, CEO at AWS
“Cloud technology is allowing Telenor to scale their network in a way that was not possible before and is allowing them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained, and online,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO at AWS.

The new agreement would strengthen existing relationship between the two companies, with Telenor also becoming a member of the AWS Partner Network. Telenor has previously built a whole mobile core operating in the cloud for Vimla – virtual Telenor’s mobile network operator brand in Sweden – in collaboration with AWS.

Vimla’s mobile core is now scalable, programmable, and uses self-service APIs, allowing the company to offer “easy, innovative, and valued services” for its clients. Vimla makes extensive use of AWS services such as Amazon ElastiCache, AWS Lambda, AWS Transit Gateway, and others to help grow elastically and deliver better service to more consumers. Working Group Two, a Telenor-incubated firm, is developing and managing the new cloud-based mobile core at Vimla as a service. Telenor intends to expand the work at Vimla to other sections of the company’s global network as a consequence of driving network transformation on AWS.

Telenor and AWS will continue to develop on behalf of clients in the areas of 5G edge for mobile private networks (MPNs) and edge computing as part of their collaboration. Telenor 5G enabled a ‘network on wheels (NOW)’ prototype powered by AWS, for example. The NOW enables clients to deploy an independent private 5G network wherever it is required.

The Norwegian Defense Material Agency and the Norwegian Public Service broadcaster Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) are actively using the NOW prototype for crucial communication and distant manufacturing use cases, respectively. Internationally, Telenor’s Thailand brand dtac introduced a 5G private network proof-of-concept for Thai firms based on edge computing and the AWS Snow Family. Clients may use this solution to perform real-time, AI-based video analytics and other applications in remote locations, even if connectivity is sporadic.

“Telenor is pushing the boundaries of innovation by running their Vimla core on AWS. Cloud technology is allowing Telenor to scale their network in a way that was not possible before and is allowing them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained, and online,” said Adam Selipsky, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at AWS. “We are pleased to collaborate with Telenor as they continue to expand this innovative work to other parts of their business.”